Three Employees Resign from CNN

Three CNN employees have resigned amid the network’s very fake news scandal in which it was forced to retract a hit piece on President Donald Trump and his associates.

“CNN said Monday that three journalists, including the executive editor in charge of a new investigative unit, have resigned after the publication of a Russia-related article that was retracted,” CNN’s Brian Stelter reported late Monday. “Thomas Frank, who wrote the story in question; Eric Lichtblau, an editor in the unit; and Lex Haris, who oversaw the unit, have all left CNN.”

Stelter quoted an anonymous CNN spokesperson—the network refused to comment to him on Sunday night over the scandal—as saying the network accepted their resignations. As Stelter acknowledged — not in this piece, but in his Sunday evening “Reliable Sources” newsletter — it was a Breitbart News investigation that forced CNN’s retraction and now the resignations of three top network officials.

“In the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on, CNN has accepted the resignations of the employees involved in the story’s publication,” the CNN spokesperson said. Stelter continued:

An internal investigation by CNN management found that some standard editorial processes were not followed when the article was published, people briefed on the results of the investigation said. The story, which reported that Congress was investigating a ‘Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials,’ cited a single anonymous source. These types of stories are typically reviewed by several departments within CNN — including fact-checkers, journalism standards experts and lawyers — before publication. This breakdown in editorial workflow disturbed the CNN executives who learned about it. In a staff meeting Monday afternoon, investigative unit members were told that the retraction did not mean the facts of the story were necessarily wrong. Rather, it meant that ‘the story wasn’t solid enough to publish as-is,’ one of the people briefed on the investigation said. The reporting about the Russian investment fund and Trump officials was not relayed on CNN’s television channels, but it was published on the web and shared on social media. On Friday, one of the people named in the story, Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci, disputed Frank’s reporting and said, ‘I did nothing wrong.’ Friday night, once it was determined that editorial processes were not followed, CNN deleted the story from Soon thereafter, the story was officially retracted and replaced with an editor’s note.

CNN is still not commenting via official on-record statements from its public relations department and continues refusing to provide network President Jeff Zucker for interviews. There are many questions the network is still not answering about what is now the most serious scandal in its history.

Haris, the head of the CNN investigative unit who has resigned, is the only CNN official who resigned who gave a statement for the story. Stelter wrote that he “was named the executive editor of CNN Investigates in January” and was previously the executive editor of CNNMoney.


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  1. Mark Tercsak

    Amerika’s Communist News Network, The Fascist~Bolshevik~Demo~Rats~propaganda wing busted.

  2. bobussery

    The worst strategy the DNC has ever decided to act upon is that of hate, lies, and violence trying to undo Donald J. Trump’s legacy(s). A total wrong way to win over anyone but the grossly stupid and violent; those they are winning hand’s down.

    1. jdelcjr

      Absolutely. If they continue on this path, they will be finished. The election polls are showing it. No matter how much money they put out, they lose.

  3. Gary

    Once again, the Mainstream media cannot admit that they were WRONG about something. “…the retraction did not mean the facts of the story were necessarily wrong” is just another way of trying to weasel out of the fact that somebody screwed up and can’t take responsibility for their actions!

  4. J. Ernst

    There hasn’t really BEEN REAL “journalists” since Chet Huntley and David Brinkley retired. Newsertainment and political OPINION was created during Ford’s second term. When, “journalists” OPINED and gave paragraphs of LEAD IN STATEMENTS before their question was asked.
    Prior to that was when Walter Cronkite OPINED on HIS CBS national news “SHOW” that the “Viet Nam war doesn’t seem to have an ending insight.”
    THAT was the beginning of politically motivated and guided “conversations” for the media.
    Dan Rather was the poster child for adding OPINION to EACH of his news stories and here we are with full blown newsertainment.
    Just kardashian ideals and inculcation of politically motivated “stories and rants”.

  5. Dinosaur

    The three that resigned could always find work within the Clinton Machine as truth never really mattered much there. It’s a shame Walter Cronkite can’t do the news now. We would have someone we trusted and CNN would be shamed everyday